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Hubble Monitors Weather on Neighboring Planets
News story originally written on March 21, 1995
"The weather on Mars: another cool
and clear day. Low morning haze will
give way to a mostly sunny afternoon
with high clouds. The forecast for
Venus: hot, overcast, sulfuric acid
showers will continue. Air quality is
slightly improved as smog levels subside."
That kind of weathercast is now possible as NASA's
Hubble Space Telescope serves as an interplanetary weather
satellite for studying the climate on Earth's neighboring
worlds, Mars and Venus.
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